Scott Dekraai

Orange County leaders can't brush off their latest jailhouse failure

Orange County leaders can't brush off their latest jailhouse failure

The killing of inmate Danny Pham in an Orange County jail earlier this month underscores a deficit of effective leadership in that county that has undermined confidence in the jails and the people who run them. There have been too many problems to simply brush them off as bad luck, or as the sort of mistakes or tragedies that inevitably occur in the operation of any large county jail. Investigations into Pham’s death are underway — as are court proceedings alleging that the authorities have misused jailhouse informants — and there are continuing concerns over escapes and inhumane conditions, but it’s not yet possible to see how or when the seemingly perpetual problems in management of the...

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